Best way to travel to Koh Samui

Koh Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, in the Southeast part of the country. The Gulf of Thailand is formed of numerous island being the most important Koh Samui, followed by Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Koh Samui is the biggest island in the Gulf and the only one with an airport. The Koh Samui Airport is considered by many one of the most beautiful airports in the World!

Getting to Koh Samui: There are several options for different budgets and comfort needs. We will try to ease the process as much as possible with detailed information and suggestions.

Use our BOOKING FACILITY to organise in advance your Koh Samui holiday.  Find the best travelling options available for your plans and get your tickets at the best price. For a personalized advice, feel free to contact us any question on how to get to Koh Samui in the most convenient way depending on your needs & budget.

Fly to Koh Samui

Flying to Koh Samui is comfortable and fast. If you’re considering travelling to Koh Samui, note the cost of a flight can be more expensive in Samui than in other locations in Thailand, because Samui International Airport is privately own by Bangkok Airways. We recommend a flight to Koh Samui for families, senior holiday makers or if you are flying from outside Thailand.

Train & Ferry to Koh Samui

Coming to Koh Samui island from Bangkok, you can take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani Town and save yourself a hotel night plus some time at the beach.Then, take ferry in Donsak Pier to enter Koh Samui through Nathon Pier, Lipa Noi Pier, Maenam Pier and Bangrak Pier. 

Thailand Travelling

Thailand Travelling


Plan in advance: Always try to book your itinerary in advance. Note it is not possible to book with earlier than 1 month in advice trains and ferries. Plan on paper and set an alarm to do the trains and ferry bookings, if you are travelling by plane, book your flights as soon as you can.

Be on time: Thailand is known for being a laid back country in terms of punctuality. However, transport is surprisingly punctual. Make sure you are on time!

Travel at night: For long journeys, travelling at night is a good idea. 1st class sleeper cabins in trains are comfortable. You will save holiday time and one or two hotel nights.

Pack food and water: Unless you are taking a flight, bring with your own food and refreshments.

Driving in Thailand

Regulation: You need an International Driving License to drive in Thailand.

Be extra Safe: Beware of motorbikes passing you on all sides and directions. DO NOT speed. Keep your cool on the wheel. Make sure your rent a car with a full comprehensive insurance.

Same same, but different: Thais have their own signaling and code of conduct on the road. An example: If a Thai driver flashes you, it doesn’t mean you can go!; it means BE AWARE because I AM GOING. Driving in Thailand can be an adventure…

Warning: Thailand is not the place to learn how to drive a motorbike. If you are not an experienced driver our advice is NOT to rent a motorbike.

Renting a Car: You can book your car rental HERE, from top brands like Thrifty, National, Hertz, Avis, etc. 

You can rent as well from local car rental but be extra careful with the insurance and car damage policies. Never let your passport, driving licence or any official document to anyone.

Arriving to Koh Samui

To Koh Samui by Plane

Koh Samui has an airport so the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way to travel to Koh Samui is taking a fight. There are direct flights from several locations in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi. There are several International direct flights from locations including Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.

Samui International Airport is considered one of the most beautiful airports in the World. Surrounded by nature to blend with the tropical theme of the island, the airport is owned by Bangkok Airways being one of the few in the World privately owned. The airport is located in the North-East side of the island.

To Koh Samui by Ferry


From Donsak: The closest pier to Koh Samui from the mainland. Operators including Seatran Ferry, Raja Ferry, Songserm and Lompraya. 

From Tapee Pier: Routes to Koh Samui operated by Lompraya. 

From Chumphon: Routes to Koh Samui operated by Lompraya.

From Koh Phangan & Koh Tao: Daily ferries and speedboat services.